Monday, December 31, 2012

Vanilla and Chocolate Activities

Vanilla and Chocolate was published in October 2012. This book was written to help children understand the virtue of Tolerance.

Illustrations by Estella Mejia
Main Setting: Vanilla and Chocolate main setting is at the Black and White Picnic where the development of the story mainly takes place. 

Plot: A concerned teacher helps two friends be together after their parents refused to let them play because of their skin color.

Characters: Mrs. M. prepared a Black and White Picnic Day where Vanilla and Chocolate’s parents recognized their kid’s friendship.

The last page of the story contains a vocabulary page and questions for discussion at home or at school.

Concerned (adjective):        Anxious, worried
Traditional (adjective):         Custom passed on from one generation to another
Ban (transitive verb):           To prohibit, forbid
Fulfilled (transitive verb):    Action completed, satisfied

1. What was the best part of the story?
2. What is your favorite illustration?
3. What did you learn about this tale?

   1. Use Characters, Setting and Events Drawing activity to discuss the topic of Tolerance. It is important to be honest, respect ideas and help students build tolerance.  

           2. Use Characters, Setting and Events Writing activity to discuss the topic of Tolerance.

                        3. After the Read Aloud you can use a Sequence of Events Activity.

Ice-cream party after the activities:

Objective: Make connections between ice-cream flavor to skin colors. 

Ingredients: For K- 3er graders
1/2 gallon of Vanilla Ice cream
1/2 gallon of Chocolate Ice cream
Plastic bowls (one per each student)
Plastic spoons (one per each student)

Additional Optional ingredients to 3er-5th graders (To add connection with other skin colors) such as: Cherries, Caramel Syrup or  Sprinkles. 

1.    Set-up a table with the ice-creams tubs, bowls and spoons.
2.    Call each student to take one spoon of each ice-cream even if they don’t like one of the flavors.
3.    Let them be free to mix the colors, separate them or eat it.

The last page of the story contains a vocabulary page and questions for discussion with children. After or before the recipe activity, use the questions to reinforce the lesson to build tolerance.

This book is dedicated to all teachers who dedicate their lives to education.

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